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April 27, 2004

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330
Press / Event / Program Contact: Team coaches Pierre Hubert, 512-527-8732, and Jennifer Kuhn, 512-502-1334 or Professor Tracy McCormack, Director of the UT Law Advocacy Program, 512-232-1260

UT Law Wins National Championship at 2004 Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition

This is the 8th national advocacy championship for UT Law in the last six years

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas School of Law brought home the national championship during the 2004 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition held in Washington, D.C., on April 14-16. This is the second time in three years that UT has taken the national title. UT last won the title in 2002.

Team members Nick Bunch and Ryan Nayar beat the University of Minnesota team in the championship round before federal circuit judges Pauline Newman, William Curtis Bryson and Sharon Prost. Eight teams advanced to the nationals from the regional competition. In March, the UT team beat Loyola to win the Regional Championship, during which Bunch and Nayar also won the Best Appellant Brief award. At nationals, the UT team beat Chicago Kent and Loyola before getting to the final round and beating Minnesota for the title.

This win is the eighth national championship for UT Law in the last six years.

The UT Tower will be lighted Wednesday evening, April 28, at 8 p.m., in honor of the and Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court Team (Nick Bunch & Ryan Nayar) winning the national championship. They will share the lighting with another national championship team at UT Law, the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Team (Adam Harbin, Alex Kaplan & Susanna Southworth). This is the fourth time the Tower has been lighted in honor of a law school team. The teams and others will be in front of the Littlefield Fountain (on 21st Street between Guadalupe and Speedway) for the lighting of the tower.

The Giles Sutherland Rich teams are coached by Jennifer Kuhn and her husband, Pierre Hubert. Jennifer is a solo practitioner in Austin, Texas. Pierre is Counsel in the Austin office of Dewey Ballantine, L.L.P. This is the first year that Kuhn and Hubert coached the intellectual property moot court teams.

The University of Texas Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court teams are sponsored by the firms Dewey Ballantine, L.L.P and McKool Smith, P.C. Founded in 1909, Dewey Ballantine is an international law firm with over 550 attorneys, thirteen offices worldwide and more than 40 practice areas. McKool Smith is a Dallas-based law firm engaged exclusively in commercial, civil trial and appellate litigation throughout the nation. McKool's practice areas include intellectual property, antitrust, technology, class action, contract, environmental, securities and business tort litigation.

The American Intellectual Property Law Association hosts the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition annually. The competition is named for the late Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The University of Texas School of Law is a nationally recognized center of training in advocacy and winner of the American College of Trial Lawyers' Emil Gumpert Award. The Advocacy Program encompasses the both academic and competitive aspects of advocacy through courses, seminars, tournaments and the Board of Advocates student organization.

Related Links:
UT Wins Intellectual Property Moot Court Regional Championship
http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/041304_moot.html

The University of Texas School of Law Advocacy
http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/advocacy/index.html